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World Meeting of Popular Movements Report-Back

by Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the US Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto California. This is an initiative that Pope Francis has been working for the past several years, one that […]

Lobby Day Calendar 2017

Click the image below for a visual timeline. Lobby Days and events highlighted in green will feature OPAL’s attendance. Other days are listed as opportunities to join partners in advocacy. Last updated 2/14/2017.   Text of image: Feb. 10th Ways and Means Roadshow (OPAL […]

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BRU Life Campaign Nearing Victory!

By Orlando Lopez, Bus Riders Unite Organizer Tuesday January 31st was the 4th Low-income fare Taskforce meeting at the Metro building. As we seek out ways to transition our economy so it works for everyone, it’s vital for low-income people and people of color […]

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Low Income Fare Task Force Update

Help us keep the pressure on TriMet and local government to reduce the fare for low-income riders! RSVP here for the Monday meeting at Metro. At the January 9th Low-Income fare task force meeting two presenters from Seattle came down to Portland to present on […]

Picture of BRU members. Jen holds an OPAL banner in the background. Orlando holds a poster that looks like an envelope from Bus riders Unit to Neil McFrlane and Doug Kelsey at TriMet. Orlando is wearing an OPAL t-shirt and is speaking into a microphone.

Interview: Orlando Lopez on LIFE Campaign Progress

By Shawn Fleek, Community Engagement Coordinator Orlando Lopez has been OPAL’s Bus Riders Unite (BRU) Organizer for more than a year now, and BRU has seen some massive progress over the course of the 2016. The Low Income Fare Equity (LIFE) campaign is getting […]

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OPAL Members Win Big in 2016

The Board and Staff at OPAL are so proud of our members and allies, and our many successes in 2016. As we head toward the end of the year and the season of giving, we want to thank them publicly for the work they’ve […]

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2016 Movement Give Guide

  Where do we go from here? At our core, OPAL is about grassroots organizing for community and social change. And after a highly divisive election and its subsequent protests, many people want to know what can be done to keep our communities safe. […]

Picture of BRU members. Jen holds an OPAL banner in the background. Orlando holds a poster that looks like an envelope from Bus riders Unit to Neil McFrlane and Doug Kelsey at TriMet. Orlando is wearing an OPAL t-shirt and is speaking into a microphone.

We’re Winning, But We’re Not Done

E-Fare, TriMet’s costly new change in the way that riders pay for the bus, has the potential to make buses less accessible across the region. Fortunately, Bus Riders Unite is paying attention to these changes. We’re stopping some of the scarier changes from happening […]

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STP Recap: Youth Organizers In Their Own Words

By Lupita Velazquez, Youth Environmental Justice Alliance College Intern I first got involved with OPAL as a high school student at Parkrose. I was recruited to help out with fighting for youth transit justice. Then, I became an Organizer-in-Training in 2014, and it was a […]

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Justice is On Our Side

By Orlando Lopez, BRU Organizer In 2010 I was part of the first cohort of Organizers-in-Training (OiT). Many of the issues that people faced back then are the same issues folks are facing today. Back then, we were getting on the buses and talking […]